Bridal Fashion Inspiration – Andrea Bambridge York

Bridal Inspiration

I was delighted when the very lovely Felicity from Andrea Bambridge bridal boutique contacted me with some wonderful ideas she had for a shoot. This quaint little boutique was celebrating its 700th year and I love the city if York and its rich history, I also love bridal fashion so this shoot was just so much fun to be involved with –  here is what Felicity had to say.

“To celebrate the 700th Birthday of ‘Our Lady’s Row’, a quaint row of cottages in the heart of York, our photo shoot captures the beauty of both our city and building. Our jettied building which dates back to 1316, travelled back in time with a window display full of old images and clothing- including bridal gowns and ball gowns capturing the history of bridal fashion. By using the buildings unique beams and York’s cobbled streets in our shoot we hope to give you an insight into our historic city and bridal boutique.

‘Our Lady’s Row’ was initially lived in to pay for a chantry priest to read prayers. The funds also went towards the maintenance of the Holy Trinity Church, which is kept as a real hidden treasure behind our boutique, adding to the magical feel of York.

We used a bespoke Andrea Bambridge gown, a simple silk gown with an exquisite ivory guipure lace over jacket finished off with a vintage style clasp, loosely reflecting the 1920’s evening wear period. For our second look, we used an eye catching beaded cape, designed by the award winning ‘Eliza Jane Howell’, to complement this look we used with one of their 1920’s styled beaded hair pieces.

The historic look was brought together with the hair and make-up, by Catherine Elizabeth. We discussed the 1920’s style which we wanted for our shoot and they created it perfectly. The brown eyes and deep lipstick are a true reflection of the period and the hair added to the glamorous look.

Finishing the overall bridal look with a beautiful bouquet of ivory flowers – Fiona Hogg Florist, used classic, simple flowers, again reflecting the historical period which we aimed our shoot at. The day was captured beautifully by Georgina Harrison, who added to the soft, romantic feel of the shoot. After wanting to work with Georgina for a long time, this was an ideal opportunity for us to use her exceptional talent and her work complemented the historical, bridal romance perfectly.
Our bridal boutique, which is shadowed by the Minister, has been strongly established here for over 25 years. We have seen the bridal fashion evolve dramatically throughout the years, to truly reflect the individuality of each decade. To celebrate this special year we will be holding a series of events, including a competition and sale.”


1920s bride

Bridal portrait

1920s bride

lace bridal

York Bridal shoot

1920s bride

York Minster

1920s bride

beaded cape

1920s bride

York Bridal

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York Minster

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Huge thanks also to the lovely team at Catherine Elizabeth for wonderful hair and make up as ever:

Catherine Elizabeth


Fiona Hogg Floral Designs

Fiona Hogg


and big shout out to the lovely Annabel who featured this shoot over on Love My Dress blog





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I'm a contemporary wedding photographer, who loves to shoot in stunning landscape & urban locations. I love to travel and shoot destination weddings too. Have camera, will travel!